Committee Announces Events Planned For Visit of Second-generation Ethiopian DiasporaKakamega To Host An International Business Conference

A number of events have been planned for second generation Ethiopian Diaspora who will be visiting their country of origin as part of the invitation extended by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, the National Committee set up to facilitate the visit revealed.

The Committee stated that the events planned aim at strengthening the connection of the visiting Ethiopians with their country of origin and aspire them to engage in the overall national efforts of the country.

The second generation Ethiopian diaspora, who reside across the globe, has already started to arrive in Addis Ababa following the invitation made by the premier recently.

The first-round homecoming is being underway from 30 December 2023 and ends on 29 January 2024 under the motto ‘Connect to Your Culture.’

Th Ministry of Tourism has also set up a national committee tasked to facilitate homecoming of the second-generation Ethiopian diaspora.

Ethiopian Diaspora Agency Director-General, Mohammed Idris, who is also member of the committee, said that t
he committee established to facilitate the home coming has carried out various activities to make the event successful.

Associations of various Ethiopian diaspora have been showing enthusiasm to come to their country.

The Director-General emphasized the significance of empowering, defending, and integrating the diaspora and said that ‘we will take advantage of this visit to reach a large number of diaspora members abroad.’

State Minister of Tourism, Sileshi Girma on his part said various events have been prepared to engage the second generation Ethiopians based on their special characteristics.

One of the things that will be held on the occasion is ‘taste of Ethiopia’ where dishes prepared by different ethnic groups will be presented.

Among the events include exhibition of handcraft items, attires of several nations and nationalities of Ethiopia, musics and musical instruments and dances.

Promoting tourist potential of regional states with a view to allowing the diaspora to experience the diverse cultur
es of the regions as well as public lectures highlighting Ethiopia’s land of origin and its global contributions are also scheduled as important events.

According to him, this will play a major role in promoting Ethiopia’s culture, traditions and values ??to the world.

It is expected that they will return with collective memory and connected with their social, culture, and history of their country, Sileshi said, adding that the second generation Ethiopian Diaspora are mainly coming from USA, Europe and middle East.

State Minister for Government Communication Service, Selamawit Kassa said following the national call, many Diaspora have returned to their country in the first round.

A warm welcome is being extended to the second generation Ethiopians who have arrived in the country.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

Kakamega County will host the first ever International Business Conference from 19th to 22nd March this year.

The Theme of the Conference is ‘opening up counties as the new frontiers for investment and development among 14 Lake Region Economic Bloc (LREB) Counties’.

Governor Fernandes Barasa announced that the conference will bring together over 3,000 participants from across the globe.

Speaking during the Kakamega business awards and gala dinner, Governor Barasa said the Conference will be a major opportunity for the LREB counties, to partner and showcase the potential of the region as a business destination.

‘As you are aware counties are at the bottom of the pyramid, so there is a lot of investments happening at the counties, but we have never had a proper investment Conference that will attract and showcase to the general public, the opportunities that are available,’ he noted.

The Governor explained that the International Conference will culminate with the formation of Kakamega Investment Hub for w
estern region, where investment opportunities will be showcased through the Kakamega County Investment Development Agency (KCIDA).

The National Director of Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ken Onditi, who was present during the Gala Awards, said the Chamber will advertise to more than 177 Chamber members worldwide, to increase participation in the Conference.

‘We will lobby countries where we started joint business councils such as in Turkey to attend and exhibition at the Kakamega International Business Conference,’ he noted.

Source: Kenya News Agency